Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park

4.7
#2 of 13 in Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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Enter a wildlife paradise at Hayden Valley, an ancient lake bed and the world's largest stomping grounds of free-roaming bison. Take one of the two trails, observe, and be patient. Herds of buffalo, elks, coyotes, and the occasional grizzly bear frequent the area to graze, drink, and feed. The valley abounds with rivers, creeks, and ponds, but fishing is off-limits so just enjoy the views of the waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and pelicans. A number of roadside turn-offs offer sweeping views of the valley. Stick to the path when hiking, since off-trail exploration on foot is forbidden. Plan your Hayden Valley visit and explore what else you can see and do in Yellowstone National Park using our Yellowstone National Park vacation maker website.
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  • Great place to se wildlife! We saw a herd of bison crossing the river and elk laying down in a meadow. Traffic is slow because there were so many bison and people slow down to take pics and watch... 
    Great place to se wildlife! We saw a herd of bison crossing the river and elk laying down in a meadow. Traffic is slow because there were so many bison and people slow down to take pics and watch...  more »
  • Hayden Valley runs along a scenic road on the east side of the park. Animal sightings are common and the fascinating Mud Volcanos are nearby. 
    Hayden Valley runs along a scenic road on the east side of the park. Animal sightings are common and the fascinating Mud Volcanos are nearby.  more »
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  • Best place to sight Bison 🦬, Elks, moose and ducks 🦆
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